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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The centre is right at the edge of town and free. Its a nice walk and there are informative signs and placards. The tortoises there are easy to see though better seen in the "wild" on a highland trip. Definitely worth a visit though.

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a terrible museum though hardly world class and its really worth going to only if you have an extra day in the Galapagos. Or if you are really bored. There are a few marginally interesting exhibits at the center. Lonesome George the...More

Thank nycnyuguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The work done at the station is critical! Seeing what and how they do what they do and more importantly needed since it seems a lot of us "humans" think our ocean and the animals we share it with, is OUR to do with anyway...More

1  Thank André F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Educational and important place to visit, well worth an afternoon. Plus there are loads of incredibly cute baby tortoises so it's an absolute win/win

Thank Adam E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited this research center as part of a tour of the Galapagos. It was interesting but the taxidermy version of the famous tortoise of George was just a bit much - a little cheesy in our view. Seeing the process for...More

Thank Mitchell L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked from our hotel to the Charles Darwin Research Station. It was a great visit. We were greeted by a very friendly naturalist from Belgium and she explained the self-guided tour. The tour is in English as well as in Spanish and easy to...More

Thank Sandy5259
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the Charles Darwin street until the end of it. It is not a long walk. You should register yourself before to start the turtle path. You will see turtles and will learn how the Foundation make all efforts to conserve the Galapagos Islands. Here...More

Thank Lovely S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This research station was a really neat place! It was only a short distance from the waterfront. They had turtles of many sizes and ages. There were very large tortoises that you could get really close to! They also provided a lot of information regarding...More

Thank katjacob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went a Long way to go there. But very disappointing results: Everything closed; opening times unreliable. Beautiful landscape but no information accessible.

Thank mvvk2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the place on earth that gives respective to animals. They have build a memorial for Lonesome George, as the last giant land tortoise from Pinta Island with $1 million. They receiving funding by donation only, so please be generous to donate otherwise our...More

Thank CoCoLau
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Response from kalamakid | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you email them directly at cdrs @ fcdarwin. org. ec and ask.
10 August 2017|
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Response from Asummer7 | Reviewed this property |
We had a guide but realized that we probably didn't need one. There are enough displays with information that covered everything he said. The only thing the guide added was in identifying birds snd plants as we were walking... More
16 May 2017|
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Response from Rhonda S | Reviewed this property |
It's free and in my opinion, the best place to start your visit to the Galapagos. We went the day we arrived in Puerto Ayora